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Field of view: Apple ARKit 3 will only work with the latest iPhone and iPad devices

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Welcome to your latest instalment of Field of view, our weekly roundup of all the big news coming out of the VR and AR space. It's a week where Apple outlined its future with ARKit 3, which was unveiled at WWDC alongside watchOS 6 and a new collection of new Watch bands. We've saved up some more immersive tidbits to delve into, too, along with some experiences to don your headset for and whisk you way from the real world.

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Remember, you can check out the rest of this week's big stories over in our comprehensive news section .

Apple ARKit 3 won't be for everyone

Apple unveiled the next iteration of its ARKit development platform this week, which brings some pretty exciting features. Like support for real-time body tracking (motion capture) and something called People Occlusion, where AR content will now pass in front and behind of real people in a virtual space. If you want to take advantage of the latest ARKit 3 innovations, though, it seems you will have to have a to make use of any experiences that utilise the new tech. That means the likes of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and 2018 iPad Pro (11 and 12.9-inch) will play nice, but that does leave behind devices like the 5th generation iPad and iPhone 6S.

Tell you something interesting, U.S. government is in love with the VR Technology. NASA makes use of technology to connect engineers with the devices they send into space. Using Oculus and Xbox One gaming console, NASA engineers are developing ways to control a robotic arm with gestures made by operator on Earth.

Minecraft Earth gameplay shown off at WWDC

Staying with all things ARKit3, Microsoft unveiled its new Minecraft augmented reality game, which will be free-to-play on Android smartphones and iOS devices. But it looks like iOS players will get a richer Minecraft experience using some of the new tech introduced with Apple's AR platform. The new People Occlusion means gamers will be able to walk in front of blocks as you get creating. You can see a demo of it in action below.

Oculus Quest library on course to hit 100-game mark

At launch, Facebook promised that its standalone VR headset would have 50 titles available to play and it looks like that number is quickly growing.

In an Oculus blog post detailing its presence at the E3 gaming expo, it was revealed that the Quest should have 100+ titles before the end of the year. We've already played a lot of the best new Oculus Quest VR games and experiences , and it's fair to say that on the whole we've been impressed. So we are definitely looking forward to seeing what else is in store for us in 2019.

Angry Birds PSVR co-op game is coming

Field of view: Apple ARKit 3 will only work with newest iPhones and iPads

Yes, Angry Birds is still a thing and a new movie based on the mobile game is on the way with a new game for PlayStation VR owners landing alongside it. Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure involves buddying up with three other players that don't have to wear a VR headset to pilot a submarine. It looks like it'll be a mix of puzzle solving and bird slinging action and we'll find out more when it launches alongside Angry Birds Movie 2 this summer.

As with every creation in the universe, there has to be a humble beginning for everything and VR technology was no exception. Although it’s hard to pinpoint the father of this amazing technology, history suggests that it could have been the innovation of not one but five key individuals. First, Morton Heilig for giving users the very first interactive film experience which can be take the credit as the beginning of 3D content. Then, there’s Jaron Lanier, the first person to credit the term “Virtual Reality”; Douglas Engelbart, who invented the computer mouse and laid the foundation for the modern user interface; Ivan Sutherland, inventor of the first head mounted display (HMD); and Myron Krueger, a computer graphics and audio wiz.

Avicii album to premiere on Oculus Venues

Oculus has announced that it will be world premiering the EDM musician's new album, TIM, on 6 June through its Venues app for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR owners. Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, died in 2018 aged just 28. The 12-track album, which includes collaborations with the likes of Chris Martin and Imagine Dragons, was produced primarily between January and April 2018, and is available to view now.

Try this: Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall

Still suffering to fill that huge GoT void in your life? Well, maybe this will help. Vive and HBO have partnered up for an immersive experience based on the hit show, where Oculus Rift and Vive headset owners can put their sword-fighting skills to the test to defend The Wall. It's available now through Viveport Infinity subscription service if you want to jump back into Westeros.

Watch this: 1943 Berlin Blitz

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, so the BBC is commemorating the event by launching its virtual reality film, where viewers can experience going on a bombing run with the RAF during the Berlin Blitz. The film is being made available through BBC's VR Hub for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR owners. It's also available on the broadcaster's YouTube channel to experience the powerful footage in 360-degree video film form. Or you can simply click on the video above and sit in the belly of that Lancaster bomber.

U.S. military makes use of VR to train soldiers. The simulated Virtual world provide opportunities for teams to work together to prepare them for the chaos of combat.


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